Chris Wood On Mental Health Support: “We Need To Take This Engagment And Turn It Into Activism”
Chris Wood may seem indestructible on television (a vampire on Vampire Diaries, Mon-El aka a Superman-esque character on Supergirl, and the voice of He-Man on Masters of the Universe: Revelation), but he’s here to advocate for mental health and I am HERE.FOR.IT. He’s spearheading a mental health summit called IDONTMIND, which he hopes will give people the connections, tools, and information to get started on taking care of their emotional well-being. Read on to learn more about Chris Wood on mental health support and how you can help or get involved.
How Did Chris Wood Get Involved With Mental Health Support?
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In a society that often rewards “manly” behavior such as holding feelings in, not crying, etc., the pandemic has exacerbated many Americans’ well-being. Wood himself has been very transparent about his own struggles with his mental health and he cites that as a reason for wanting to organize IDONTMIND. “Admitting that I wasn’t okay, that I needed help, that was everything,” he told Variety. He continued by saying:
“The pandemic was a bit of pressure cooker for our collective mental health. We all struggled at the same moment, which actually allowed the conversation to open up. That’s good. But now we need to steer the conversation. We need to take this engagement and turn it into activism.”
With this in mind, Wood came up with the idea of IDONTMIND. One of the biggest barriers to improving mental health is lack of communication, he said. The point of the summit was to help encourage open conversations about an often “taboo” topic. According to a study by Mental Health America, many young people want to better understand mental health, but don’t know where to start. Wood reiterated:
“I get that. I felt the same way before I started IDONTMIND. This summit was intended to give people the connections, tools and information to jumpstart that process. Even though we all have mental health, and it touches all of us at some point in our lives, mental health is still stigmatized. And the system still fails people. There’s still massive work to be done in making life better for people living with mental illness. But a big step in the right direction is getting people talking about it, and making it more okay to ask for help.”
The event featured conversations with Wilson, Jewel, Tati Gabrielle, Zelda Williams, Antonia Gentry, Zaire Franklin and Zelda Barnz. Key points included were fighting loneliness, using social media, sports and the planet’s influence on one’s mental health journey. You can watch the IDONTMIND Summit replay below:
If you or someone you know if struggling with their mental health, IDONTMIND offers several resources, which you can find here.
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]